Gospel of John, Army and Navy Edition

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




New York (United States)




Printed on Paper


4.5 × 2.75 × 0.1 in. (11.4 × 7 × 0.3 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This copy of the Gospel of John was one of approximately six million copies printed by the American Bible Society (ABS) during the time of America’s involvement in World War I. After the United States entered the war in April 1917, the ABS launched a campaign to provide portions of the Bible to any American soldier or sailor who wanted one. It eventually focused on distributing Proverbs and individual Gospels, raising money from local churches across the country through a national “Army-Navy Fund Campaign.” As with similar efforts in previous wars, societies such as the ABS believed providing soldiers with parts of the Bible would help strengthen their morale, as well as their morals, amidst the hardships of war.

Printed in 1917 by the American Bible Society, New York City, New York. Acquired by the 2000s by Kyle Harvey, private collector, Colorado;[1] Donated in 2018 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Harvey could provide no further information about his acquisition of this book.

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